- This guide, developed by SFU librarians, uses the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition [online] [printed book].
- The 16th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style does not treat the citing of government documents as substantively as does the previous edition and suggests researchers refer to discipline specific guides such as the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation [printed book].
- Chicago style outlines two distinct citation styles, and this guide covers only the Humanities (notes/bibliographies) style.
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Examples (Chicago Manual of Style, 17.293, 17.325-17.335)
Where individual is the only author
Where individual author is noted as well as a government or government agency
R. v. Nguyen  1 S.C.R. 826 at para. 16, 2009 SCC 25. http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2009/2009scc25/2009scc25.html
Note: include the name of the speaker (after the date) only if relevant
Federal Accountability Act, Statutes of Canada 2006, c.9. http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/F-5.5/index.html
See also: SFU's Citing Guide for Statistics Canada, PCensus Estat and CHASS
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Many government documents are most often accessed online, and so almost all the examples above are for documents accessed online. In Chicago citation style, online government documents generally have the addition of a web address, and no other changes from print documents.
|Print Document||Online Document|
Include as much of this information as possible:
- Citations should begin with Canada unless it is obvious from the content. State the name of the province, department or agency following the word Canada.
Canada. Commission of Inquiry into Part-Time Work.
Canada. British Columbia.
- If the agency has subgroups, arrange the subgroups in descending order, with periods in between.
Canada. British Columbia. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
- The title of the publication, italicized, should follow.
- Finally, include the place, publisher (if different from the issuing body/author) and date. In government documents, If you retrieved the document online, include a web address that goes directly to the document, if possible.
In cases where no ambiguity could occur, you may use 3 hyphens for repeated references to the same government author in the bibliography. Only in cases where no ambiguity can occur can the 3 hyphens stand for two parts of a government name that are separated by a period (Chicago Manual, 16.86).
Statutes of Canada- SC (optional)
Revised Statutes of Canada- RSC
Session - sess.
Canada Gazette- C.Gaz (optional)
SFU's Chicago Style Citation Guide, 17th ed. - General guide to MLA-style citation
Brief Guide to Citing Canadian Government Sources - Guide by Queen's University for citing government resources. Note that this resource does not use Chicago Style, but does have some useful examples.
Government Information Citation Guides - Courtesy of Concordia University